Socially Responsible Investing

Socially responsible investing, also known as sustainable, socially-conscious, or ethical investing, describes an investment strategy which seeks to maximize both financial return and social good.

In general, socially responsible investors favor corporate practices that promote environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights, and diversity. Some (but not all) avoid businesses involved in alcohol, tobacco, gambling, weapons, and/or the military. The areas of concern recognized by the SRI industry can be summarized as environment, social justice, and corporate governance (ESG).

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Millennials and the Growth of Sustainable Investing

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The EU and the Future of Non-Financial Reporting

In a historic vote on April 15, the European Parliament adopted the most significant corporate social responsibility measure, anywhere, to date.

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Ceres and UN Call for $1 Trillion in Clean Energy Investments by 2030 – Is It Feasible?

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Resolution 2014: Make My Investment Portfolio Responsible

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Will the next billion dollar business be inherently sustainable? Ask the Cleanweb Initiative...

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Eight Defining Milestones for Social Enterprises in India

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